Came here on a one night break with my sister - a prize won in a raffle. We enjoyed it but not sure we would have been so happy if paying the going rate for our experience. On arrival the place seemed rather gloomy - approach through the dark green woods to the house with lots of dark wood panelling, mostly unremarkable paintings and, in parts, looking a little shabby. There are lots of stairs to climb to the rooms. The gardens were disappointing with a lack of colour and character even in July although beautifully manicured lawns.
The house is not old, completed in 1906 financed by profits from the Lancashire cotton trade. Family marriage into the aristocracy, involvement in the Conservative politics, elevation to the peerage, supporting the arts and being at the centre of village and agricultural life continued the Downton Abbey theme. And there is a list of worthies who have stayed here including the Queen Mother, Prince Charles, Benjamin Britten, Yehudi Menuhin, and the cast of Cambridge Footlights otherwise known as the Monty Python cast, as well as an impressive (if you like that sort of thing) list of Conservative prime ministers.
Our rooms were comfortable if a bit gloomy. As one would expect in a 4-star hotel beds were comfortable, bathrooms pleasant with lots of hot water and good quality toiletries. Staff were faultlessly polite and helpful. As a previous reviewer said, it felt quite warm but being able to open windows made it possible to regulate that.
For me the food was a highlight. Dinner was very good as one would expect in a fine dining restaurant. Vegetarians were well catered for with alternative canapes quickly provided on request and a choice of vegetarian courses. Breakfast was excellent. I especially appreciated the range of fruit and good cooked vegetarian choices.
Overall a very pleasant experience but lacking any special magic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1906, with captivating views of the Leven Valley on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, Crathorne Hall is at once grand and stately, warm and welcoming. Owned by the Dugdale family until 1977, the hall has played host to politicians, courted royalty and delighted socialites over the decades. Yet despite moving in stately circles, the house has stayed true to its roots as a place of entertainment and relaxation. Now it is yours to explore. Enjoy an overnight stay in one of our 37 bedrooms (17 of which have recently been refurbished following a £4 million restoration of the Hall's East Wing), plan your perfect day and take over the hotel for your wedding or inspire your delegates with our meeting facilities. ... more less
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- Crathorne Hall Hotel North Yorkshire